Joseph Kreins named new Vallejo police chief, vows change

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Dec 13, 2012
Joseph Kreins named new Vallejo police chief, vows change
Former Novato chief 'unretires' to take over strapped department
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2217...

Vallejo's acting police chief over the past five months will take on the role full-time starting next week, city officials announced Wednesday.

Joseph Kreins, who retired as Novato's police chief in July, will emerge from retirement to lead the Vallejo Police Department for the next several years, with an annual salary of $225,307.

On Wednesday, Kreins, 56, said he was excited for the opportunity to "unretire" just as he was the day he came to be Vallejo's interim chief.

I'm here because I want to be here," Kreins said. I'm significantly challenged every day (in Vallejo). I think it's going to take a good couple of years to make the changes we need."

City Manager Dan Keen said when he asked Kreins last spring to come to Vallejo

Joseph Kreins, new Vallejo police chief (Courtesy photo)
following the retirement of former Chief Robert Nichelini, he was planning to keep his former colleague for only a short period.

But then a few things happened along the way,” said Keen, who had hired Kreins as Novato's police chief in 2004 when he was city manager there.

"The period that followed (Kreins' appointment) was one of the more trying periods in the department's history," Keen said. A series of fatal police officer-involved shootings this year came to a head in September, with the death of 23-year-old Vallejoan Mario Romero and the nonfatal shooting of Joe Johnson, 21.

The year's previous officer-involved shootings, four of them fatal, had occurred while Nichelini was still at the helm. The incident unveiled a deepening community relations rift with department as police personnel has been dramatically scaled back in recent years.

Keen listed the community fallout as one reason he chose not to continue his original plans to recruit a new full-time chief. Difficult police union negotiations and a high number of expected officer retirements in the coming year also contributed to his decision, Keen said.

"I knew that this was going to be a difficult recruitment at best," Keen said. "That really gave me a very strong motivation to take a hard look at whether Chief Kreins, who at this point was showing very effective leadership ...(would be willing to stay)."

While the coming years will present their own challenges, Kreins said he is looking forward to bringing the Vallejo City Council a strategic plan that will lay out how the department can better serve the public as new financial resources become available. He also said he hopes to develop the department's succession plan, to groom personnel from the chief down to move up in the ranks.

"My goal is to leave the organization far better than it ever was," Kreins said.
Good GOB

Vallejo, CA

#2 Dec 13, 2012
Another article says it is the new Chief's challenge to recruit and restaff. I say BS, it is the HR director's challenge! Sure the PD can try and convince fellow officers from other jurisdictions to apply to work in Vallejo, but why is the HR Director allowed to remain silent on recruitment attempts? They have this all backwards and nobody on council says a word!
Anonymous

Concord, CA

#3 Dec 13, 2012
Sounds like they are looking to hire brand new police out of the academy or from out of state for that matter. Who wants laterals with all their baggage anyway. There are a lot of guys coming out of the military real soon.
GEE

San Leandro, CA

#4 Dec 13, 2012
Anonymous wrote:
Sounds like they are looking to hire brand new police out of the academy or from out of state for that matter. Who wants laterals with all their baggage anyway. There are a lot of guys coming out of the military real soon.
Yes, there will be, but unless they are POST certified they will not be able to work here immediately.

We have a few homegrown cadets going through the Academy right now, however that will not be enough to fill our immediate need.
A few years ago we lost cadets that we already had invested in because we did not have any money to employ them. So other jurisdictions were reaping the benefits without having an initial investment.

On another note; I am not familiar with the San Jose pay and benefit structure, but according to reports that department will lose 90 officers, something that must be devastating manpower and moral wise.

I wish Chief Kreins the very best here in Vallejo.

But unless our criminally inclined population will see the light that crime eventually does not pay, we could have the best of the best and still continue to have problems that can not resolved!
GetAllYouCanJoe

Vallejo, CA

#5 Dec 13, 2012
Enjoy the VIB adulation while it lasts Joe Kreins. It won't be long before they start questioning your policies and staffing decisions. These people hate unions and rules, love dope and whiskey.
Wrong Again Whitaker

Vallejo, CA

#6 Dec 13, 2012
My advice to Joe is to get some of his old pal officers in other jurisdictions to come here for their high three and soak this town dry with OT. Vallejo is screwed from bad policy, not bad policing. Get all you can Joe and friends. The crybabies that worship Mother Gomes were here bawling before you came and will be here bawling after you leave.
Im a hater

Vallejo, CA

#7 Dec 13, 2012
Wrong Again Whitaker wrote:
My advice to Joe is to get some of his old pal officers in other jurisdictions to come here for their high three and soak this town dry with OT. Vallejo is screwed from bad policy, not bad policing. Get all you can Joe and friends. The crybabies that worship Mother Gomes were here bawling before you came and will be here bawling after you leave.
You sure sound bitter. Did Chief Nick abandon you and now you might have to serve the public. what a terrible thought.
Wrong Again Whitaker

Vallejo, CA

#8 Dec 13, 2012
I am serving myself a whopping portion of OT before I retire so I can soak you good. Get used to that. A lot of us are doing it and you can't stop it. Who will come for us next summer? Not Gomes, lol!
Im No Expert

Vallejo, CA

#9 Dec 13, 2012
Gomes will have an affordable police department after the next wave of retirements. Drug test your husband before he gets behind the wheel.
Ive got no brain

Vallejo, CA

#11 Dec 13, 2012
Im No Expert wrote:
Gomes will have an affordable police department after the next wave of retirements. Drug test your husband before he gets behind the wheel.
Looks like die hards in the VPD are still raising their ugly heads .

Too bad you finally have a Chief of Police who cares about the Public.

Hows that new shift work going to be for you.
pipe down fido

Vallejo, CA

#12 Dec 13, 2012
Ive got no brain wrote:
<quoted text>
Looks like die hards in the VPD are still raising their ugly heads .
Too bad you finally have a Chief of Police who cares about the Public.
Hows that new shift work going to be for you.
looks like the long silent dr. fido has spewed some crap. you think he cares about you? freaking morons, keep dreaming, he is soaking up some gravy like everyone else.
pipe down hater

Vallejo, CA

#13 Dec 13, 2012
pipe down fido wrote:
<quoted text>looks like the long silent dr. fido has spewed some crap. you think he cares about you? freaking morons, keep dreaming, he is soaking up some gravy like everyone else.
Looks like Grissle and his crowd are experiencing some turd enragement.
Professor Fido

Vallejo, CA

#14 Dec 14, 2012
The Chief said Vallejo crime trends were UP in 2011 and 2012. The former Chief assured you all this would happen when police numbers went down. Joe wants to hire 27? LOL, good luck with that!
Up the sammie

Concord, CA

#15 Dec 14, 2012
Professor Fido wrote:
The Chief said Vallejo crime trends were UP in 2011 and 2012. The former Chief assured you all this would happen when police numbers went down. Joe wants to hire 27? LOL, good luck with that!
Yes the crime figures for 2011 and 2012 were up the sammie!
(t)urd enragement!
squeezing your nuts

Vallejo, CA

#17 Dec 14, 2012
"Hopefully new Chief Kreims can either "encourage" the bad apples to leave, or show them another path with his refreshing leadership."
love how vib just throws out this crap and thinks kreins is on their side and will do as they expect. crazy mfers on weed most of the time! if they drug tested vibsters, they would all get an "A", lol.
squeezing your nuts

Vallejo, CA

#18 Dec 14, 2012
yeah, the bad apples will all be retiring soon, leaving only the challenge of restaffing. lol. good luck with that, vallejo is hostile ground for police.
Up the sammie

Concord, CA

#19 Dec 14, 2012
LOL!

Up the sammie!
A Thought

Vacaville, CA

#20 Dec 14, 2012
intel says if the city council and mayor will leave the new chief alone and support his efforts, then Kreins is an outstanding choice.....
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#21 Dec 14, 2012
A Thought wrote:
intel says if the city council and mayor will leave the new chief alone and support his efforts, then Kreins is an outstanding choice.....
not with the present majority, it is important to them to have a sense of control over public safety policies and operational characteristics of the pd. most of that crap is coming from pearsall and sampayan, two bitter outcasts.
Up the sammie

Concord, CA

#22 Dec 14, 2012
hate them all wrote:
<quoted text>not with the present majority, it is important to them to have a sense of control over public safety policies and operational characteristics of the pd. most of that crap is coming from pearsall and sampayan, two bitter outcasts.
Have you no faith in sammie? He is leading the recall charge again.

LOL!

(t)urd enragement!

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